16-Year-Old Girl Gangraped For Over 12 Hours In Maharashtra Village, 8 Accused Arrested: Police

New Delhi: A teenage girl was allegedly raped by eight men for over 12 hours at a village in Maharashtra’s Palghar district and the police have arrested all accused, an official said on Sunday.

According to the report by news agency PTI, the incident occurred on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The accused raped the girl at an unoccupied bungalow in their beach village before taking her to the seashore where she was sexually assaulted again. 

A case has been registered against the accused at Satpati police station, the victim was around 16 years old. She lodged a complaint on Saturday.

“In her complaint lodged on Saturday, the victim said that her ordeal began at 8 pm on December 16 that continued till 10 am the next day, during which the accused took her to an unoccupied bungalow in Mahim village where they took turns to rape her. Later, they also took her to the seashore where they again sexually assaulted her in the bushes,” PTI quoted an official as saying. 

Based on her complaint, the police arrested the eight accused in the early hours of Sunday and registered a case against them under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 376 (D) (gang-rape), 366 (A) (procuration of minor girl), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.

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In another incident, a 32-year-old man has been booked for allegedly raping a woman on the pretext of marriage in Oshiwara, a Mumbai police official said on Saturday.

This is the second rape case the woman, who is already married, has filed against the man, the official added.

“She had filed a rape case in Kashimira police station in August, but the accused had got bail from a Thane court after submitting an affidavit that he would marry her. She has now filed a second case claiming the man raped her recently in a lodge in Jogeshwari,” he said.

“She has also alleged the man beat her up demanding she withdraws the rape case filed in Kashimira in Thane district. We have registered a rape case and are probing further,” the Oshiwara police station official said.

(With agency inputs)

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